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European Journal

France: Ongoing Support for Nuclear Energy

As far as the French public is concerned, the nuclear power plant in Cattenom is a reliable energy supplier. But not far away, over the border in Germany, it's seen as a serious security risk.

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Nicolas Sarkozy, französischer Wirtschafts- und Finanzminister

Sees no alternative to nuclear power: French President Sarkozy

With its four reactors, Cattenom is one of the largest nuclear power plants in France. Its construction began in the late 1970s, and it has long been controversial in the neighbouring countries of Germany and Luxembourg with concerns centered around its security. While the German is rethinking its nuclear energy policy, French President Sarkozy says that a nuclear phase-out in France is not on the cards.